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Mission Statement: One Laptop per Child creates educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.
One Laptop per Child association is developing a low-cost laptop—the "XO Laptop"—to revolutionize how we educate the world's children. Our goal is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves.
Why children need laptops : laptops are a window and a tool: a window into the world and a tool with which to think. They are a wonderful way for children to learn learning through independent interaction and exploration.
- OLPC launched its second Give One, Get One ("G1G1") program on November 17, 2008, following last year's popular program which supported the production of over 150,000 XOs. This year the XO laptops will be shipped to donors through Amazon.com, and the program includes Europe. Visit laptop.org/xo.
- The XO Software Release 8.2.0 is out: with a redesigned interface, software updater, and 19 languages. Read the release notes.
- Are you interested in being an OLPC mentor? Add yourself to the Profiles page!
- ecbp begins deployments in Ethiopia (photos). The 5,000 XO laptops were donated to Ethiopia as a result of the 2007 Give One Get One promotion.
- Waveplace has done pilots in Nicaragua (video, reports), Florida (NPR story, video), Haiti (videos), and the Virgin Islands (videos, reports). Watch our Waveplace Awards show to see children from each pilot greet each other and the world.
- Academic Commentary authored by OLE Nepal Education Director, titled "Tackling the Problems of Quality and Disparity in Nepal’s School Education: The OLPC Model."
- Laptop Training Begins in Peru
- Our Deployment Guide is now posted to the wiki. Please help us improve it.
- Astounded in Arahuay — Ivan describes a followup visit to the site of Peru's 8-month OLPC pilot.
- The Inter-American Development Bank will finance a pilot project testing one-to-one computing with OLPC in Haiti (the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere). They are distributing XOs to 13,200 students and 500 teachers in 60 Haitian primary schools.
- Our Mongolia project is the first deployment made possible by the generosity of the Give One Get One participants. Many thanks from OLPC and the Mongolian children to those who contributed through the program.
- Attendees and presenters from 20 countries attend the May country workshop.
- XO-2 laptop designs were revealed in May 2008
- More essays on learning by Marvin Minsky
- Chumby's Bunnie "tears down" an XO laptop... worth the read. To try this at home, see our disassembly notes and photos.
- Mary Lou Jepsen has posted safety and inspection certificates.
- Listen to the two-part NPR story on Waveplace's XO pilot in Immokalee, Florida
- Read Xconomy's review of the XO laptop's software.
- Groklaw interviews former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen
- OLPC's statement on Intel's resignation from the OLPC board and association.
If you have and interesting idea or project, or want to start a local OLPC group, you can request an XO through our contributors and developers program. You can also emulate our Sugar environment on your PC.
You can read more and discuss new ideas about hardware, software, education and content; The XO's interface, Sugar, has its own human interface guidelines. There are also discussion pages on issues of deployment and country-specific discussions.
- Our five core principles—
- Child Ownership: I wear my XO like my pair of shoes.
- Low Ages: I have good XO shoes for a long walk.
- Saturation: A healthy education is a vaccination, it reaches everybody and protects from ignorance and intolerance.
- Connection: When we talk together we stay together.
- Free and Open Source: Give me a free and open environment and I will learn and teach with joy.